Baby Aboard Capsized Refugee Boat Off Greek Island
A two-month old baby was among the refugees aboard the boat that capsized off the Greek island of Lesbos on Sunday. It was believed that the baby survived as his father cradled him on an inflatable while he swam to safety to the shore.
The father and baby were among those who survived thanks to the locals who pulled them off the waters. They were among the survivors photographed by a Reuters photographer reporting on ground zero. The photo now captures the heart of those who have seen it. It shows the baby fast asleep, unaware of the dangers surrounding him, while his father was desperately swimming him to safety.
According to the Reuters photographer he saw 10 dinghies arriving in the island in a span of 90 minutes. There was one inflatable which carried as many as 70 refugees, including many children.
The refugees on the dinghies were among those aboard a wooden boat that capsized off the Greek island of Lesbos on Sunday. Not all were able to survive. Reuters reported that there 34 who drowned, including four babies, six boys and five girls. The coastguard was able to rescue 68 people while 30 survivors swam on their own to the island.
“A wooden vessel carrying them overturned about three miles east of Farmakonisi early Sunday,” a coastguard spokeswoman told Reuters.
The appointed interim Prime Minister Vassiliki Thanou, who visited Lesbos on Sunday, called on the EU “to consider the responsibility of guarding a 16,000 km long coastline of European borders … and whether a future Europe of principles can be constructed by building walls.”
Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers are criticizing president Barack Obama;s decision to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees, the Voice of America reported. The lawmakers are concern about the terrorist infiltrators that may take advantage of the migrant crisis.
“If I could be assured these people could be vetted properly, I would be supportive. We don’t know who they are,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul was quoted as saying.
“From a national security standpoint, I take ISIS at its word when they said, in their own words, ‘We will use and exploit the refugee crisis to infiltrate the West.’ That concerns me.We have to deal with this crisis. But this could be a very reckless and dangerous policy,” McCaul further explained.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest vowed that a thorough screening process will take place before taking in Syrian refugees. “We would not take any shortcuts when it comes to our security. So there will be an effort to try to accelerate that process or move more people through that process, but it will not come at the expense of the robust security precautions that will remain in place,” Earnest was quoted as saying.